Every Thursday night, The National Blues Museum hosts our free, public jam session “Sittin’ on the Porch,” featuring YOU: musicians from the St. Louis area and beyond. Welcoming players of all instruments and skill levels, the Sittin’ on the Porch jam takes place Thursday from 6-9 PM, and doors open thirty minutes before the show. Admission is free for both musicians and audience members, and you can reserve your ticket online or at the door.
After 5 PM, The National Blues Museum offers parking for $5 at 410 N 7th St, a secure garage conveniently located across the street. A parking validation, valid for 4 hours, can be purchased at the jam session to be used upon your exit from the garage.
Sittin’ on the Porch is a great place to learn the ins and outs of blues music or refresh your chops by playing out in public. Living up to its name, our jam session features a welcoming atmosphere and established local players. Attendees can expect familiar tunes, musical guidance, and opportunities to socialize with fellow musicians. While the National Blues Museum provides a fully stocked bar, guests can bring their own food into the jam, and renowned St. Louis BBQ restaurant Sugarfire Smokehouse is connected to the space.
So, if you play the blues, have always wanted to play the blues, or want to see some talented musicians play the blues, make sure to come by the Sittin’ on the Porch jam session every Thursday from 6-9 PM. You’ll hear something spontaneous and one-of-a-kind every single week.
Following NBM’s COVID policy for ticketed events, proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required to attend the jam session. Guests will need to bring a photo ID and either their physical vaccination card or a photo of their vaccination card. All patrons must wear approved face coverings at NBM concerts, including while seated during the performance unless actively eating or drinking.